Computex 2020 in Limbo as Taiwan Bans All Foreign Visitors

The Taiwan (ROC) Government has just announced a ban on the entry of all foreign visitors into the country until further notice. This ban will go into effect from Thursday March 19th. This is obviously in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic that has claimed tens of thousands of lives worldwide. All foreign arrivals who are currently on their way to Taiwan will be placed in a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The only exceptions to this ban includes ARC (alien resident certificate) holders, diplomatic passport holders, and businesspersons with special entry permits issued by the government (which are not the same as business visas), and even these persons must subject themselves to the quarantine.

This travel ban really puts Computex 2020 in limbo. The even is held in June, but preparations for the show typically start as early as April as foreign exhibitors prepare to import their exhibits, organize their booths, and more.

If I were a betting man I would say that Computex is not happening this year.

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